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Grand Forks County

Confirmed Cases


Call Center Information related to COVID-19:

Altru Health System 
24/7 COVID-19 Screening Hotline
701-780-6358

NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 7am-8pm
866-207-2880

GFPH
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
701-787-8100
gfhealth@grandforksgov.com

GFPH Media Contact
Debbie Swanson
701-787-8101

 


 

North Dakota Travel Quarantine Orders

Grand Forks Public Health Summary

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. To stay up-to date on information, please refer to CDC who provides information as it becomes available. 

Grand Forks Public Health in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health and other community health partners are conducting surveillance activities surrounding potential COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of COVID-19 infections in China.

How do people become infected?

COVID-19 is a new disease, and the CDC is still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through:

  • Close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How to avoid infection with COVID-19?

Individuals should practice healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in public areas, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Practice physical distancing; stay at least 6 feet from other other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded spaces.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth when around others and when going out in public.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call your healthcare provider prior to presenting at the health system if you suspect you have been infected with COVID-19.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

GF Public Health Situation Report 3-23-20

Post Date:03/24/2020

Overview

Latest WHO Update:

  • As of Monday, March 23, 2020
    • Worldwide total cases: 334,981
    • Worldwide total deaths: 14,652
    • Countries with cases: 189

Latest CDC Update:

  • As of Monday, March 23, 2020:
    • U.S. total cases: 33,404
      • Travel Related: 449
      • Close Contact: 539
      • Under Investigation: 32,416
    • U.S. states reporting: 50 (also D.C., P.R., Guam, and V.I.)
    • U.S. total deaths: 400

      Current Situation in North Dakota:

  • As of Monday, March 23, 2020:
    • Confirmed cases: 32
    • Currently monitoring: 73
    • Total Monitored to Date: 104
    • Total Tested: 1440
    • Total Hospitalized: 4
    • Total Deaths: 0
    • Counties Affected: 6 (Ward, Cass, Burleigh, Morton, Walsh, Ramsey)

       

      GFPH 72-Hour Update

      03/21

  • Local Public Health Unit (LPHU) Administrator’s Meeting:
    • Shelf life of cleaning solutions
    • Cleaning wipes efficacy against COVID-19
      • Call manufacturer for verification
    • LPHU roles for funeral homes during pandemic
    • Resource and manpower requirements for contact tracing
    • Budget creation for COVID-19 response
      • Itemized expenses for Jan. 20th-present
      • Projected expenses for the remainder of March-Jan.15th, 2021
  • Meeting held discuss alternate site for designated quarantine for persons who do not have a place for isolation or quarantine when indicated
    • Topics included a general overview of the need for a designated quarantine facility, financial considerations, logistics, and security concerns
    • After consultation with City Attorney, the need for a procurement process and health officer order was indicated and will be further pursued
  • Regional Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator (EPR) had meeting with Grand Forks Air Force Base Public Health Officer regarding base facilities that are remaining open in spite of the Governor’s executive order
    • Base legal team is examining whether or not governor’s executive orders must be followed by military installations
    • Certain facilities, such as the base fitness center, are remaining open due to force readiness concerns
  • Guidance issued regarding roles involved with the quarantining of homeless individuals
  • A change in communications from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Disease Control regarding positive test results means that county emergency managers will now be notified at the same time (LPHU)s are notified
  • Connecting with University of North Dakota Master of Public Health (MPH) program to see about partnering with MPH students to perform contact tracing
  • Withdrawal Management Center is now closed
  • Grand Forks Public Health now has an Instagram page to facilitate greater outreach to the younger demographic in our region
  • Environmental Health manager is still seeking clarification towards a definitional understanding of “Take Out,” no such definition currently exists and interpretations vary throughout the state
  • Questions about fit testing city bus drivers for N95 masks
    • N95s are not designed for all day wear
    • There is a call for the mayor to issue an executive order that would suspend bus fares and allow for riders to enter and exit from the rear of the bus to limit contact with drivers
  • Guidance given from EPRs to emergency manager that EMTs can order supplies from HAN Assets
  • Outreach continuing with regional medical facilities to ensure they have all the support they need

    03/22

  • NDDoH Hospital Preparedness Program manager contacted EPR to establish formalized liaison role with Altru
    • Discussions with Altru Emergency Preparedness Manager about what that would look like and how best to implement

      03/23

  • State of North Dakota Joint Information Center (JIC) call
    • Working on providing numbers of tests per county, as has been requested by the media on multiple occasions
    • Will be adding a “Recovered” bubble to the webpage along with all other information currently provided
    • Four ND National Guard troops have been activated to assist with warehouse operations and order fulfillment from the state medical cache
  • Facilitated high priority specimen transport from Park River to the state lab
  • Staff met with Fargo-Cass EPR about hospital preparedness and liaison roles
  • Staff met with Altru about issues with ordering from state cache
    • Clarification gained from NDDoH about state cache operations, expectations, and limitations
      • Daily reports will be now delivered from the state cache regarding supply levels and available assets that can then be communicated back to healthcare facilities
  • City Leadership Press Conference
    • Mayor issuing executive order to waive bus pass fees
    • Altru limiting visitors to one in the hospital and zero in the emergency room
      • 289 total tests performed by Altru with 41 currently pending and no positive returns
      • Altru currently has adequate supplies, but are implementing PPE saving measures
    • Dr. Brenner laid out the public school plan for continuing education during social distancing
    • City provided information on shift staggering, social distancing, and minimum manning to ensure adequate personnel available for flood fight
  • State issued guidance for food and lodging
    • Forwarded to Councilmember Bret Weber who is meeting with business leaders later today
  • Fit testing is occurring at the jail
  • Grand Forks Public Health (GFPH) will implement an Incident Command Structure to organize expanding operations and establish roles and responsibilities for GFPH personnel
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